Category Archives: American Community Survey

TractWatch — Examining Small Area Change

Understanding the demographic-economic landscape for small area geography and how it is changing is vital for many stakeholders. Businesses and other organizations need to know how their market/service areas are changing … getting answers to questions like knowing about recent trends, where we are now and the how/where/how much things might change in the future.

Examining Tract Change
The following view shows census tracts (black boundary) located in the northeast Houston, TX area. Tracts are labeled with 2017 population estimates and percent population change from 2010 to 2017. Tract geography and characteristics are shown in context of three cities/places — Houston (orange cross-hatch), Humble (blue) and Atascocita CDP (green). It is easy to see what census tracts intersect with what cities and where. The pointer/hand is located in census tract 48-201-240902, partly intersecting with Humble city. The tract 2017 population of 12,984 reflects an increase of 10.4% since 2010. The dark brown bold boundary at the top of this tract is the Harris County, TX boundary.

.. view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.
.. create views like this for any area in the U.S.; add your own data.

TractWatch tells us which tracts in a region of interest changed during the past year based on quarterly observable data with only a one quarter lag.

Census Tracts & TractWatch
TractWatch is a new tool/service focused on examining recent demographic-business change for each census tract. These approximate 74,000 geographic areas cover the U.S. wall-to-wall and averaged 4,000 population as of Census 2010. Tracts have a generally stable geography between decennial censuses and are coterminous with county boundaries. Tracts cover the U.S. with more than a 2-to-1 ratio compared to ZIP code areas (see tract-ZIP relationship table).

Integrated with Situation & Outlook
TractWatch insights are developed through the use of the ProximityOne Situation & Outlook (S&O) database and information system — a part of S&O demographic-economic estimates and projections developed and updated annually. The 2017 vintage tract estimates and projections (annual data) cover the period 2010 through 2022 (5-year projection).

TractWatch – Monitoring Change
As a part of the S&O annual estimates and projections development, a range of measures are updated quarterly at the census tract level. Quarterly data are developed that include population, housing units, vacant units, households and business establishments.

There is only a one-quarter lag in the availability of observable census tract data. For example, observable 2017Q1 data can be added to the S&O database in July 2017. Data are analyzed and converted into a TractWatch national dataset.

Situation & Outlook Reports
The Situation & Outlook Reports (S&O Reports) are updated weekly, for the U.S. and each county, metro and state. TractWatch is a part of the “Recent Change and Outlook” S&O Report section and updated quarterly. See schedule of updates the shows when TractWatch is updated.

The S&O Reports (metro and county) Recent Change and Outlook section includes a list of census tracts which have shown significant change over the past year for that geography. A table of typically 10-to-25 key tracts are listed in a table with selected demographic-business change attributes.

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

Examining Appalachia City Characteristics & Trends

.. using tools and data to examine geographic, demographic, economic characteristics of the Appalachia Region .. Appalachia is a region that includes parts of 13 states, 420 counties, and has long been challenged with poverty. This section is part of a series focused on Appalachia.  See related more detailed Web section.

The Appalachia Region; Lay of the Land
The population of Appalachia increased from 25.1 million in 2010 to 25.5 million in 2016, an increase of 289,806. The following graphic shows how Appalachia region counties have gained population (blue and green) and lost population (orange and red) during the period 2010 to 2016. Click graphic for larger view; expand browser window for best quality view.

.. view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Cities in Appalachia
In 2016, there were 2,393 cities in Appalachia. Seven cities had population over 100,000; 16 cities had over 50,000 population and 213 cities had 10,000 or more population.

The following graphic shows cities (red markers) with 2016 population of 10,000 or more in the Appalachia region in context of counties (yellow fill pattern). Click graphic for larger view; expand browser window for best quality view. Larger view shows city names except where labels could overlap.

.. view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Growing Cities
The following view shows cities as green markers having 5,000+ 2016 population with growth of 500+ or more population, 2010-2016.

.. view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Cities & Metros in Appalachia
The following graphic shows Metropolitan Statistical Areas (green fill pattern) that intersect with Appalachia region counties. Note that some metros only partly intersect with Appalachia. County boundaries are shown as overlay on metros. For example, only northern counties of the Atlanta metro (see pointer) are Appalachia counties. “Edge” Appalachia metros create opportunities for nearby Appalachia counties. Cities within Appalachia and having 50,000+ 2016 population are shown with orange markers. Click graphic for larger view; expand browser window for best quality view.

.. view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Characteristics of Metros, Cities and School Districts
• Demographic-economic profiles for selected cities
Examples (click link above to view other cities; click links below for specific city profiles):
.. Cumberland, MD [2421325] (19,978)
.. Frostburg, MD [2430900] (8,676)
Access any/all U.S. city(s) — http://proximityone.com/places15dp1.htm
• Demographic-economic profiles for selected school districts
Examples (click link above to view other districts; click links below for specific district profiles):
.. Allegany County Public Schools, MD [2400030]
.. Pittsburgh School District, PA [4219170]
Access any/all U.S. school district(s) — http://proximityone.com/sd15dp1.htm
• S&O metro reports

Examining Characteristics of All Cities/Places
Use these resources to examine all U.S. cities/places.
• Cities/Places Main Section
• America’s Communities Program — city profiles
• All Cities/Places — 4 Web section/tables
• City Population Estimates & Trends 2010-2016 interactive table

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

Analyzing Block Group Demographics

.. tools & data to analyze sub-census tract households, education, income, housing, more … Block Groups, subdivisions of census tracts, are the smallest geographic areas for which “richer demographics” are developed by the Census Bureau. Block group demographic-economic estimates, based on Census 2010 geography, are annually updated beginning with American Community Survey (ACS) 2010. The latest ACS estimates for these 217,740 areas covering U.S. wall-to-wall are from ACS 2015. The ACS 2016 update will be released in December 2017.  See the related Web section for more detail about accessing and using block group geography and demographic-economic data.

Patterns of Economic Prosperity by Block Group
The following graphic shows patterns of median household income by block group in the Houston, TX area. Markers show block groups with 10 or more housing units having value of $2 million or more. Markers are labeled with the number of housing units having value of $2 million or more in that block group. Click graphic for larger view, more detail and legend color/data intervals. This map illustrates the geographic level of detail available using block group demographics and the relative ease to gain insights using geospatial data analytics tools.

– View developed using CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Block Group Demographic-Economic Data & Shapefiles
… selection of key demographic-economic attributes; annual update
… subject matter categories include:
  • Total population>
  • Population by gender iterated by age
  • Population by race/origin
  • Households by type of household
  • Educational attainment by detailed category
  • Household Income by detailed category
  • Housing units by owner/renter occupancy
  • Housing units by units in structure
  • Housing units by detailed value intervals

See the related Web section for a detailed list of items.

Use these Data on Your Computer
Use the above U.S. national scope dataset with your own software or in ready-to-use GIS projects with the CV XE GIS software.

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

U.S. State Capital City Demographic-Economic Characteristics

.. tools and data to examine demographic-economic characteristics of each U.S. State capital city. The profiles are part of the America’s Communities Program. The profiles help stakeholders know “where we are”, how things are changing where and by how much, and how things might change in the future. See related web section for more detail.

State Capital Cities
The following graphic shows state capital city locations as markers. This view was developed using GIS tools enabling creation of similar views in context of other geography and subject matter. Orange markers are cities with less than 65,000 population; blue markers are cities with more than 65,000 population. based on percent population change. Click graphic for larger view. Larger view shows city names and urban areas. Expand browser window for best quality view.

.. view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.
Hawaii
Alaska

State Capital City Demographic-Economic Profiles
State capital cities are listed below organized by state. Click the link within the brackets to view a demographic-economic profile for that city. The 2016 total population is shown in parentheses.

Alabama
• Montgomery, AL [0151000] (200,022)
Alaska
• Juneau, AK [0236400] (32,468)
Arizona
• Phoenix, AZ [0455000] (1,615,017)
Arkansas
• Little Rock, AR [0541000] (198,541)
California
• Sacramento, CA [0664000] (495,234)
Colorado
• Denver, CO [0820000] (693,060)
Connecticut
• Hartford, CT [0937000] (123,243)
Delaware
• Dover, DE [1021200] (37,786)
District of Columbia
• Washington, DC [1150000] (681,170)
Florida
• Tallahassee, FL [1270600] (190,894)
Georgia
• Atlanta, GA [1304000] (472,522)
Hawaii
• Honolulu, HI [1571550] (351,792)
Idaho
• Boise City, ID [1608830] (223,154)
Illinois
• Springfield, IL [1772000] (115,715)
Indiana
• Indianapolis, IN [1836003] (855,164)
Iowa
• Des Moines, IA [1921000] (215,472)
Kansas
• Topeka, KS [2071000] (126,808)
Kentucky
• Frankfort, KY [2128900] (27,885)
Louisiana
• Baton Rouge, LA [2205000] (227,715)
Maine
• Augusta, ME [2302100] (18,494)
Maryland
• Annapolis, MD [2401600] (39,418)
Massachusetts
• Boston, MA [2507000] (673,184)
Michigan
• Lansing, MI [2646000] (116,020)
Minnesota
• St. Paul, MN [2758000] (302,398)
Mississippi
• Jackson, MS [2836000] (169,148)
Missouri
• Jefferson City, MO [2937000] (43,013)
Montana
• Helena, MT [3035600] (31,169)
Nebraska
• Lincoln, NE [3128000] (280,364)
Nevada
• Carson City, NV [3209700] (54,742)
New Hampshire
• Concord, NH [3314200] (42,904)
New Jersey
• Trenton, NJ [3474000] (84,056)
New Mexico
• Santa Fe, NM [3570500] (83,875)
New York
• Albany, NY [3601000] (98,111)
North Carolina
• Raleigh, NC [3755000] (458,880)
North Dakota
• Bismarck, ND [3807200] (72,417)
Ohio
• Columbus, OH [3918000] (860,090)
Oklahoma
• Oklahoma City, OK [4055000] (638,367)
Oregon
• Salem, OR [4164900] (167,419)
Pennsylvania
• Harrisburg, PA [4232800] (48,904)
Rhode Island
• Providence, RI [4459000] (179,219)
South Carolina
• Columbia, SC [4516000] (134,309)
South Dakota
• Pierre, SD [4649600] (14,008)
Tennessee
• Nashville, TN [4752006] (660,388)
Texas
• Austin, TX [4805000] (947,890)
Utah
• Salt Lake City, UT [4967000] (193,744)
Vermont
• Montpelier, VT [5046000] (7,535)
Virginia
• Richmond, VA [5167000] (223,170)
Washington
• Olympia, WA [5351300] (51,202)
West Virginia
• Charleston, WV [5414600] (49,138)
Wisconsin
• Madison, WI [5548000] (252,551)
Wyoming
• Cheyenne, WY [5613900] (64,019)

Related Demographic-Economic Interactive Tables
Use the national scope demographic-economic interactive tables to view, rank, compare selected or all cities/places (approximately 29,500 places) using an extended set of data as used in the community profiles. The data are based the American Community Survey 2015 5-year estimates and organized into four subject matter groups:
General Demographics
Social Characteristics
Economic Characteristics
Housing Characteristics

See the related city population trends 2010-2016 interactive table to view, query, rank compare each cities are changing over time.

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

Making & Using Custom 115th Congressional District Maps

.. using GIS resources to create custom 115th Congressional District maps .. use the methods, data and tools described in this section to develop custom congressional district maps. View patterns of economic prosperity by neighborhood for one or all congressional districts. Flexibly associate a congressional district boundary with related geography and subject matter.  See related Web section for more details.

Join the Congressional District-State Legislative District (CDSLD) Group .. be a part of the community. .. click here to join .. there is no cost.

Coming up … mapping/analyzing school district finances in context of the 115th Congressional Districts (June 2017).

See the related section on Making/Using 113th Congressional District Maps.
.. view different congressional district vintages in same map.

115th Congressional Districts by Incumbent Party Affiliation
This view and related GIS project/data update when changes are made to the 115th Congressional Districts incumbents (last updated 5/10/17). Party affiliation shown in this view is also available in the related interactive table. Click graphic for larger view. Expand browser window for best quality view.

– View developed using CV XE GIS and related GIS project.
– see below in this section about using this GIS project.

Use the Geographic Information System (GIS) tools and data to view/show congressional district in context with roads, landmarks and other geography. Flexibly add labels. Create pattern views. Add your own data.

Patterns of Economic Prosperity by 115th Congressional District
The following graphic shows patterns of ACS 2015 median household income (MHI) by 115th Congressional District. Click graphic for larger view. Expand browser window for best quality view.

– View developed using CV XE GIS and related GIS project.
– use the GIS project and tools see below to create different views.

Examine Characteristics of any Congressional District
The following graphic shows patterns of ACS 2015 median household income (MHI) by census tract in context of 115th Congressional Districts in a region of North Carolina. CD 3712 (Charlotte area) is shown with bold boundary. It is easy to see which areas/tracts have different levels of economic prosperity.

– View developed using CV XE GIS and related GIS project.
– use the GIS project and tools see below to create different views; add other layers.

Creating congressional district maps is often specific to a particular analysis, zoom-view, labeling, combination of different geographies or other considerations. While there are no estimates of unemployment by congressional district, using GIS tools it is possible to view/geospatially analyze patterns of unemployment within congressional district by county, census tract, block group and other geography.

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

Examining Houston Metro Demographic-Economic Characteristics

.. tools & data to examine metro demographic-economic characteristics .. this Houston, TX metro focused section is one of several similar metro sections that will be covered in weeks ahead.  Each metro-focused section provides a summary of tools and data that can be used to view, rank, compare, analyze conditions and trends within the metro and this metro relative to other metros, regions and the Nation.  The ready-to-use GIS project/datasets provide the basis for extended data/geographic views and analysis immediately.  See more detail about topics covered in this related Web section.

Relating your data to demographic-economic characteristics and trends in a region involves more than information provided by a report or set of statistical tables. It is important to use your data to be able to identify areas of missed opportunity and competitive position. It is important to have a “10,000 foot” view as well as understanding individual neighborhoods and market/service areas. Geographic Information System (GIS) tools, with the right set of geographic, demographic and economic data can facilitate decision-making through the use of visual and tabular data analytics.

This section provides information on installing and using the Houston Metro Demographic-Economic GIS software and project/datasets. This same scope of data, tools and operation is available for any metro, state or combination.

10,000 Foot View
The following graphic shows patterns of median household income by census tract for the Houston metro area. This is the start-up view when using the GIS tools and data described below. The color patterns/intervals are shown in the highlighted layer in legend at left of map window. Use the GIS tools described below to develop thematic pattern maps for a range of data and criteria.

.. view developed using the CVGIS software.

See more about census tracts; see tracts main page.

Several additional views follow, developed using this same GIS project. These views illustrate different levels of geographic granularity and patterns of different subject matter.

Median Household Value by Block Group
See more about block groups; see block groups main page.

.. view developed using the CVGIS software.

Population/Housing Unit by Block
See more about census blocks; see census block main page.

.. view developed using the CVGIS software.

Zoom-in to Sugarland/Fort Bend County
See more about cities/places; see cities/places main page.
Access data for any city using interactive table.

.. view developed using the CVGIS software.

Further Zoom-in Showing Street/Road Detail
See more about streets.

.. view developed using the CVGIS software.

Additional Information
See the related Houston metro Situation & Outlook Report.

Using the GIS Software and Project/Datasets
(requires Windows computer with Internet connection)
1. Install the ProximityOne CV XE GIS
… run the CV XE GIS installer
… requires UserID; take all defaults during installation
2. Download the Houston Metro GIS project fileset
… requires UserID; unzip Houston Metro GIS project files to local new folder c:\p1data
3. Open the c:\p1data\us1_metros_houston.gis project
… after completing the above steps, click File>Open>Dialog
… open the file named c:\p1data\us1_metros_houston.gis
4. Done. The start-up view is shown above.

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.

115th Congressional Districts: Analysis and Insights

.. interpretative data analytics; tools, data & methods ..  this section is focused on 115th Congressional District geographic, demographic and economic patterns and characteristics. Use tools and data reviewed here to examine/analyze characteristics of one congressional district (CD) or a group of CDs based on state, party or other attribute. Use the GIS resources described here for general CD reference/pattern/analytical views, to examine current demographics and demographic change and for redistricting applications. See this related Web section for more details.

Examining the 115th Congressional Districts
• the 115th Congress runs from January 2017 through December 2018.
• FL, MN, NC, VA have redistricted since the 114th CD vintage;
  .. some 115th CDs have new boundaries compared the 114th CDs.
• view, rank, compare CDs using the interactive table.
  .. table uses ACS 2015 data for 115th CDs & include incumbent attributes.
  .. examine districts by party affiliation.
• use these more detailed 114th CD interactive tables
  .. data based on 2015 American Community Survey – ACS 2015.
  .. corresponding data for the 115th CDs from ACS 2016 available Sept 2017.
• use the new GIS project including 114th & 115th CDs described below.
  .. create CD thematic and reference maps;
  .. examine CDs in context of other geography & subject matter.
• join us in the April 25 Data Analytics Lab session

Visual Analysis of Congressional Districts
The following views 1) provide insights into patterns among the 115th CDs and 2) illustrate how 114th to 115th geographic change can be examined. Use CV XE GIS software with the GIS project to create and examine alternative views.

Patterns of Household Income by 115th Congressional District
The following graphic shows the patterns of the median household income by 115th Congressional District based on the American Community Survey 2015 1-year estimates (ACS2015). The legend in the lower left shows data intervals and color/pattern assignment

.. view developed with ProximityOne CV XE GIS and related GIS project.

Charlotte NC-SC Metro Area
  – with 114th/115th Congressional District 12

The following graphic shows North Carolina CD 12 with 114th boundary (blue) and 115th boundary (pale yellow) and Charlotte metro bold brown boundary. Click graphic for larger view with more detail. Expand browser window for best view.

.. view developed using the CVGIS software.

• View zoom-in to Charlotte city & Mecklenburg County.

115th Congressional District Interactive Table
Use the interactive table to examine characteristics of one congressional district (CD) or a group of CDs. The following graphic illustrates use of the interactive table. First, the party type was selected, Democratic incumbents in this example. Next, the income and educational attainment columns were selected. Third, the set of districts were sorted on median household income. It is quick and easy to determine that CA18 has the highest median household income and that the MHI is $1,139,900. Try using the table to examine districts of interest.

Join me in a Data Analytics Lab session to discuss more details about accessing and using wide-ranging demographic-economic data and data analytics. Learn more about using these data for areas and applications of interest.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data. Contact Warren. Join Warren on LinkedIn.